It’s Friday again.
I’m looking forward to preaching from 2 Cor. 8:9, what I call the Great Riches Exchange, tonight for our Christmas Eve service.
This quarter’s edition of Free Grace Broadcaster focuses on the believer’s union with Christ.
A. W. Pink (1886-1952), in the first essay of the edition called Surpassingly Wonderful Union, observed:
The union between Christ and His Church is so real, so vital, so intimate that God has never viewed the one apart from the other. There is such an indissoluble oneness between the Redeemer and the redeemed, such an absolute identification of interest between them, that the Father of mercies never saw them apart. He never saw Christ as “Christ” without seeing His mystical Body; He never saw the Church apart from its Head. Therefore, the Holy Spirit has delighted to emphasize this wondrous and glorious fact in many Scriptures. In connection with Christ’s birth we read, “Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same” (Heb 2:14)…We are told that when the Savior was nailed to the tree “our old man was crucified with him” (Rom 6:6). We are told that when He expired at Calvary “if One died for all, then all died” (2Co 5:14). We are told that when He was revived, we were “quickened together with Christ” (Eph 2:5). He did not rise again as a single and private person, but as the Head of His Church: “If ye then be risen with Christ” (Col 3:1). Nor is that all: in Ephesians 2:6, we are told, “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” O how surpassingly wonderful is the Christian’s oneness with Christ!
May God give us eyes to see the surpassingly wonderful privilege of being “in Christ!”